Riham Feshir has been a reporter/ photographer with the Woodbury Bulletin since 2011. She covers Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news around the city. Riham holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked for two other Forum Communications newspapers in Central Minnesota.
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Washington County officials are considering some changes in park user fees to accommodate a growing number of visitors and additional operations costs. County parks, including the popular Lake Elmo Park Reserve and Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, attract an estimated 1.5 million visitors per year, a 50 percent jump from 2007, according to figures provided by county officials. Visitors entering the parks are required to obtain parking permits, which are also valid at Anoka and Carver county parks, for $25 annually or $5 daily.
Early budget discussions began in Woodbury last week, where city officials said the property tax climate is expected to remain low and non-hostile. The maximum levy, set by the state, can't exceed a 2.76 percent increase in 2014, but Woodbury City Council isn't required to set the preliminary amount until September and finalize it in December. City Administrator Clint Gridley said the recommendation to stick within those limits still keeps the change affordable to local taxpayers.
Jill Idrizow knows all too well that she can't control disease and disability. What she can control, though, is how she responds to the situations. Idrizow, a Lakeland Township resident, is a longtime receiver of Washington County developmental disability services for her two children. Her daughter Katie and son Brian, two young adults who suffer from mental and physical disabilities, represent hundreds of cases that have been steadily increasing over the years at the county's Community Services Department.
Woodbury will move ahead with an independent full scale restaurant at the new Bielenberg Sports Center (BSC) after hashing out details of the lease agreement over the past few weeks...
It’s scary enough for a bystander to witness a stranger going into cardiac arrest, let alone a son with his father. A Cottage Grove family was just getting home from...
It's a field that requires a lot of patience, a belief that people can change and a passion for making a difference in someone's life. This week is national Probation and Parole Officer Week, marked by the American Probation and Parole Association's effort to recognize their work across the country. Washington County is recognizing local probation officers this week along with all of its Community Corrections staff.
City Centre business park tenants are raising concerns over multiple power outages in the last several months that have caused disruptions and scheduling inconvenience. Xcel Energy officials say the outages are attributed to a number of reasons, including work done to upgrade substations in Woodbury and Afton. Dr. Gary Schwartz, an ophthalmologist with Associated Eye Care located in a building along Radio Drive, said staff has had to cancel patients' appointments since each outage can last more than two hours.
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Woodbury Drive construction is moving along with one busy intersection now partially open to traffic.
Woodbury City Council approved the development of a 78-acre parcel to allow for a new residential development that will likely lead to necessary Dale Road improvements. The application to build...